Early Spring

A Brooklyn waitstaff, a sullen teen athlete, and a crying camel step into the spotlight

Untold Scandal
March 29 and 31

Choderlos de Laclos's Les Liaisons Dangereuses has inspired at least four other movie adaptations; E J-Yong's version transposes the amoral sexual scheming to the 18th-century Chosun dynasty (and largely preserves the novel's epistolary structure). The film's appeal is primarily visual: A feast of lacquered interiors, ornate food presentations, and multi-hued silk costumes, it's opulent enough to not seem entirely redundant. D.L.

Jasna Zalica in Fuse: Black Bosnian farce
photo: FSLC
Jasna Zalica in Fuse: Black Bosnian farce


New Directors/New Films
March 24 through April 4
Alice Tully Hall, Walter Reade, MOMA Gramercy

Silent Waters
March 30, April 1 and 2

This lead-footed Pakistani drama about the nation's 1979 slide into Islamic fundamentalism is cannily convincing in its view of the social fabric fraying under pressure—the teenagers recruited with a sense of power and belonging, the bulldozing righteousness of public displays, the coercion and violence directed at secular individuals. Filmmaker Sabiha Sumar's story is filtered through a widow's tortured memory of the 1947 partition and war, but the characters have a Mira Nair-ish thinness. Shot, if never shown, in Pakistan. A First Run Features release. M.A.

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